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The Light of ReasonJanuary 1906Published MonthlyEdited by James Allen Vol. VIII. January 1st, 1906 No. 1 The Light of Reason starts out upon its fifth year today; and it goes out with increased life and vigor; its subscribers list has more than doubled since this time last year, and we…
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Exhortation (Poem)

O! Use thy moments as they fleeIn aspect of eternity;In acts abides the actor.Eternal Truth when understoodTurns curse to bliss, the bad to good;Make Truth thy life's great factor,SowingSeeds, growing,Never waning,But attainingTo resplendentGlories of the realms transcendent. Repeated sin destroys the understanding, and he whose reason is impaired repeats his…
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The Dawn of Enlightenment

"Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night? The watchman said, the morning cometh, and also the night; if ye will enquire, enquire ye; return, come." —Isaiah XXI, 11-12. We are living in the dawn of a new and glorious age. The long night of superstition is waning,…
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A Chant of Liberty

Sing, ye hills!Shout, ye valleys!Resound with song, ye mountains and moors!Re-echo with rejoicing, ye crags and caves!Sing, O ocean, of libertyAnd earth, chant ye of freedom!For the long night of captivity is ended,The chains of our bondage are broken, and emancipation is born.Sin, where art thou?And woe and affliction, whither…
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1905—1906

The New Year is once more with us. 1905, with all its joys and sorrows, its fulfilled expectations and its disappointments, its rain and its sunshine, its smiles and its tears, its defeats and its victories, has passed away, closed up forever in that great Book of Time, the pages…
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Progress

We do not always obtain our desires. We sometimes ask for a palace, and in return have to be content with a comfortable cottage. Yet it may be better the palace never came into our possession, and that the cottage did. Our wishes are so lofty, and our receipts so…
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Sunbeams

On one of Nature's perfect July days, a young mother sat idly swaying to and fro in a hammock throughout the long dreamy afternoon, with her sleeping infant resting lightly, tenderly in her arms._ The spot was one of gentle beauty. From her swaying seat under an old apple tree…
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The Royal Visitor

My thoughts are often like a motley crowdThat fill the street with ignominious cry,But now and then amid the tumult loudThe kingly truth goes by.I know not whence he comes, or whither boundOur city's royal visitor may be,But where he walks a silence spreads around—All yield instinctively.Then many narrow views…
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Religion

The world's huge heart is beating wildly, her being stirred as perhaps seldom before in her history. Vital questions demand a response, and attack her with merciless directness, deftness, and strength until she can no longer evade them. The one importunate which returns time after time, refusing to be comforted…
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Religion and Doctrine

He stood before the Sanhedrim;The scowling rabbis gazed at him;He recked not of their praise or blame;There was no fear, there was no shameFor one upon whose dazzled eyesThe whole world poured its vast surprise.The open heaven was far too near,His first day's light too sweet and clearTo let him…
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The Dawn

No time of the day is so pregnant with thought as the early morning when the dawn is breaking. It is good to rise early and take a walk in the country, or up into the hills above the town. From these wooded hills you can see the lamps being…
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The Religion of Whittier

What did our poet have to guide his feetAlong the path humanity must tread—What but the gleam "Eternal Goodness" shed—To make the here and there in love complete?He had "the inward light" we count so sweet,And by its inspiration was he led,With all of heaven to trust and naught to…
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Chastity

Chastity is a condition of the heart and not merely of the body; it is the affirmation of man's divine goodness and the inherent purity of his nature; it is the ideal which all great teachers have set before themselves to attain, and is the highest state man can aspire…
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On Meditation

Meditation is to the mind what sunshine and air are to plants—the necessity for growth. Earth and water alone will not produce plants, learning and memorizing alone will not give wisdom; into the inner chambers of the mind the sunshine and air of the spiritual world must penetrate, and he…
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Discontent

Beneath the husks of discontent is hid a grain, a grain beyond price—Content. To find it endows with blessing, for its possession means that the nucleus of a continual round of experiences is reached. Covered by a gigantic husk, a husk of many husks, the separating of each is a…
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Aurea Sidera—Virgil

O heavenly stars, bright jewels of the night!How my heart aches to have your riddle solved!But there ye hang in steely permanence,Nor deign to offer one enlightening wordFrom age to age. Could we but penetrateThat mighty sea of intervening space,What spectacle of orbed magnificenceWould on us burst! Farewell, alas! the…
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Our Talk With Correspondents

M.M.C.—Having joined the Brotherhood as a "Supporter," the rules of the Order do not apply to you. All those rules have a profound spiritual significance, and those who join as Members will put away childish vanities and the love of worldly pleasure, and will find the calm, wise and steadfast…
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Our Groups and Their Work

Home Group, Ilfracombe. On November 10th Mr. Foyster read a thoughtful essay on "Faith Healing," in which he showed that all healing must be more or less of that nature. Some instances were related of wonderful cures by faith. Though faith-healing is very old, yet it is usually thought of…
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Reviews of Books

The Book of The Simple Way of Lao-Tze, with introduction and commentary by Walter Gorn Old, M.R.A.S. For its price, this is the best book we have yet seen on the "Tao-Teh-King." Translations of this ancient work are generally published at a high price, and are arranged for the classical…
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To Our Readers & Friends

The invitation given month by month on this page to our readers to visit us at "Bryngoleu," as paying guests, has been responded to by a large number. Guests are continuing to come during the winter, and some are staying with us for long periods. Ilfracombe is always beautiful, and…
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